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Kidd Lager | The Fort Collins Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Fort Collins Brewery
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A hint of smoked malt compliments the chocolate malt in this surprisingly light bodied Schwarzbier. Experience Kidd's intriguing aroma and complex flavor as you enjoy this remarkable style of beer."

Added by Beaver13 on 02-01-2004

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1 inch khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Random splotches and streaks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted peanuts, and roasted coffee beans. Very roasty overall. Taste is of roasted malt and peanuts with a slight coffee grounds aftertaste. Mild roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. A crisp mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a good schwarzbier with a nice set of roasty smells and flavors.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd pours a deep blackish brown color that shoes some garnet hues when held up to a light. The head is very nice and possess a deep tan color. It is nice and foamy with great retention. It also leaves excellent lace.

The aroma is very roasty with plenty of bitter cocoa and even some smoky notes. The beer also has a bready sweetness that is blended with a bit of molasses flavor.

The same great characteristics form the aroma come through in the flavor. This beer has a very nice smoothness to it that helps set it apart from a stout or porter. The bitter cocoa really mixes well with the dark bready sweetness and some of the caramel and molasses.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with subdued carbonation. The beer finishes super cleanly with just some sweet dark malt character lingering on my tongue.

This is by far my favorite offering from FCB that I have tried so far. They did a great job crafting a beer in a style that is often overlooked by American craft brewers. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Ricochet
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Started out with a nice head that that went fast with almost no lace, was as black as a stout and BEADS. It formed beads at the end of the pour. I know what that means....

Wow, this is billed on the bottle as a lager, but the dark roasted caramel malt smell was a real sniffer. It even had a greek-olive fruit like scent, like nothing I've had before. Thick in the mouth with a malty nutty aftertaste but not as heavy as a porter or stout. Spot on.

There was an odd overtone, like that of the greek olives that were in the scent, but it only slightly detracted as the caramel, and the coffee leaped into action. It sort of tasted like a better bock beer, was a little sour on the finish and ever so slight hops bitter. It was all burnt malt but subdued so I could appreciate the other flavors.

Verdict, very good beer for something different but not my preference in styles/tastes.

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Photo of TangTKE402
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a beer mug, this beer looked like melted licorice in the glass with a thin, 1/2 finger head the color of ivory.

The smell is malty and robust with strong hints of toasted caramel and resin.

The color betrays the flavor, as this beer is much lighter in feel and taste than it appears. Malt flavors abound, with hints of hickory smoke and plum on the swallow. It is surprisingly clean and light, without an overpoweringly robust feel, and it leaves the mouth feeling like a campfire.

It is surprising how much flavor is packed into this beer without it getting bogged down in heady richness, which can sometimes be off-putting to those seeking a more refreshing beer. If there was such a thing as clean smoke, the Fort Collins Brewing Company has bottled it, and it tastes good.

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer named in honor of Billy the Kidd? REGULATORS! I was not expecting the color from this - it almost looked like I was pouring a glass of soda. Deep brown almost black. I got a nice roasted malt smell and the taste matched that along with some coffee flavors. More carbonated than I expected as well, which is something I like. I would say this beer has a lot of character. While not a session beer it is not overly heavy either. Worth sampling.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a dark liquid, almost black. Hues of red shine through giving a ruby red color with light shined upon it. The head is tan in color, thin and bubbly, with little retention and virtually no lacing.

S-the nose is quite fair in strength, it brings a good bit of roasted, burnt coffee, lightly smoked, notes of dark chocolate and toffee, a touch of caramel malt underneath. The back end brings a hop aroma of citric and floral esters.

T-big time roasted flavors. Burnt coffee is definintely quite strong giving it a roasted malt taste with a hint of smokiness. The dark chocolate adds a hint of sweetness but isn't very strong. Caramel and toffee lie underneath as a hop presence gives a nice balanced, and slightly bitter finish. the hops do add a nice touch of floral esters with herbal notes

M-this is extremely smooth, so smooth and just a touch of creaminess. It is light bodied, and the carbonation is light but still bringing a crisp finish.

D-this is a very tasty brew. Big bold flavors that blend together very well. Light body and easy drinking, great flavors, easily sessionable

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

very dark translucent chocolate brown in color with hues of dark cherry that comes through with the light a thin film of head

aromas of caramel and some chocolate

not too much unlike a typical American lager in a certain respect but with a lot more roasty bitterness and a bit of chocolate notes. Very nice

light in body, plenty of carbonation just a hint of astringence

very drinkable beer, tasty and light. Just good stuff

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Photo of IntriqKen
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the style implies, it fills the glass with an opaque practically black liquid that is topped with a white half finger of sticky lacing.
Aromas are toasted dark malts and a hint of chocolate with a tiny tinge of citrus hops at the end keeping it fresh. These are subtle scents that involve themselves in the overall experience as compliments rather than distinctive things on their own.
Taste is dark toasted malt, chocolate powder, coffee, and again the citrus hops at the end keeping everything fresh and clean.
Mouthfeel is creamy and aftertaste is slightly cappuccino in character.
Nice drying as you swallow and a light alcohol warmth afterwords.
I'm giving it 4's across the board because I really enjoy this lager, however if I were honestly judging to style, I think this is a little more stout like than swartzbier due to the rich flavors of chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of tjd112
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the brewer's lunchbox purchased at Spirits Unlimited (Route 9 and 526, Lakewood, NJ). Poured into Flying Fish pint glass.

A - Black color with a tinge of red, off-white head, moderate lacing
S/T - Slight caramel, with notes of root beer, some toastiness, but not like a stout
M - Light-bodied with a smooth finish
D - A really good beer to have with either German or Mexican food, this is similar in style to Negra Modelo.

Probably the best beer out of all of the Brewer's Lunchbox.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a nice and dark brown with a good sized, about two finger deep head of tan colored foam on top. Very slow recession left behind more then adequate side glass lace and a nice overall presentation. Color was full and nearly opaque.

S – The aroma was deeply smoked through and through. There was a slight hint of some earthy grains in the middle and perhaps a touch of sugar trying to mellow it out but it was mostly just a full on smoked aroma that thoroughly dominated the entire smell.

T – The flavor was very nice as well. It was again dominated by flavors of smokiness and a subtle but never the less apparent roasted nuttiness and some ever so slight sugar earthy notes. Nicely well rounded it had a good depth to the profile and was more then an average smoked lager.

M – Very light body. I was surprised by this as the aroma and the flavors were so strong that I would have thought that it would have translated over to the feel as well; however it was just a light bodied and very nicely carbonated lager. Nice fullness in the finish though which kept the flavor around for a good long while and added some complexity to it.

D – Pretty good here. To be honest the strong flavors of the smoked beers can get to me at times if I have more then one, but this was not too bad. But I would really probably not have more then one in a sitting, just too strong for that in the flavor.

Overall not a bad lager at all and really worth a shot at trying. I did not know this was smoked until I poured it, but then there was no going back. I have had much worse and this would be a good call if you saw it about.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a toasted malt, some burnt grain and a slight noble hop.

The taste consisted of a smooth burnt grain, some caramel sweetness and a good pumpernickel breadiness.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and well made schwarzbier.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brew I received from prAna. I am sampling the beer at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours a dark cola brown which reveals garnet tints when held ot the light. A 3 cm fluffy beige head fades slowly as I sample.
Aroma is sweet chocolate and roasted malt dominant.
The first sip reveals a silky smooth texture and average body with fine rolling carbonation.
Flavor is mostly roasted malt and chocolate and some sweet brown sugary flavor that hits for 1/2 a second and then gives way to the roasted flavors on the finish.
I have a rich roasted flavor in the back of my mouth after each swallow . The beer is quite tasty and I wish more brewers would make the style. But I do think this one is a little less clean than I would expect from a lager.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, smoke, light char, and roast/smokey earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt notes; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Very clean flavor and finish as well. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a damn nice schwarzbier style. All around great complexity and robustness of dark, roast, smoke, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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a: Dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Thin light tan head. No lacing.

s: Smokey malt and cocoa powder.

t: Smoked malt upfront, some cocoa notes, a touch of fruity hops in the finish.

m: Light and clean.

d: Very easy drinking. A surprisingly good Schwarzbier.
Nice smoky chocolate flavor paired with a light, smooth body makes for a beer that goes down easy yet retains your interest. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a translucent dark brown with a one finger of light brown head to it. Head retention is quite good, leaving ample wispy lacing on the glass the entire way down. Nose is big on roasted malts, some dark chocolate, hint of smoke - like the day after a fire, and some nuttiness in it. Taste is heavier on the caramel malts up front, roasted malts following through mixed with some bitter chocolate, the finish is smoky. On the lighter side of medium body, higher carbonation, goes down smooth with a crisp finish to it. This is a nice beer to sit with for an evening.

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Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BlackForestCO. Thanks man!
Pours basically black with a medium short lived tan head and nice lacing. Some ruby around the edges. Smell is roasty, smoky, and almost meaty. Very nice. RIch roasty lightly smoky flavor as well, but with a quick finish. Wow, this is surprisingly flavorful, and really drinkable at the same time. Definitely my favorite of the style. Solid beer all around.

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a roasty black that is almost a rauchbier. It is black and nearly opaque but with very little head.. The aroma is close to that of a smoked beer.

The taste is of smoke as well, roasty to an extreme. Otherwise it has a clean crisp taste, and the aftertaste works the same way - very cleanly.

Kidd is one of many Colorado beers we are drinking this week while skiing in Vail. Like many of the others, it is a credit to the state.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

The Kidd Lager was dark red-brown in color with a medium size tan head. The head dissipated to a thin layer that remained for the duration, leaving a little lacing behind. The aroma was of chocolate and roasted grain. The taste started out a little sweet, but balanced out nicely; mainly chocolate with a roasty backround. The mouthfeel seemed a little thin at first, but seemed about right as the beer warmed a bit. This is a very drinkable beer. It would work great for a session beer. Recommended

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dense brown with one-finger head that left sticky lace patches on my glass. Great smell of roasted and sweet malts - chocolate, caramel, some toffee. Pleasurable drinking here as this beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with a good amount of chocolate flavor, although it is more of a bitter chocolate and it is balanced with the roasted malts for a sturdy, almost chewey body that finishes dry. Solid beer here to try.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kidd Lager pours just about black but there's lots of crimson when held up to the light, with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a pleasant cocoa like aroma (that seems somewhat inappropriate for the style). There is also a fair amount of roast in the flavor as well. There are also some fruity hops mixed in. A very pleasant beer if not quite to style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown. Poured a 1 finger chocolate head that dissipated to an even skim. Sticky lace in patches

S: Toasted male, chocolate and earthy smoke in the background.

T: Big, rich toasted malt. Peppery flavor lingers a bit into the finish. The finish is sharply bitter with a burn toast/smoke. Very interesting.

M: Light side of medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Starts a littly bubbly on the tongue, but finishes coating and dry.

D: Wonderfully complex beer to me. Lots to sift through and savor. ABV pretty moderate so I could go at this one for a while.

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Photo of smerkinb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 finger fizzy dust-colored head which dissipates quickly. Chocolate black color with hints of deep red wen held to the light. Minimal fall-down lacing.

Smells chocolate rich malt. There something light, crisp and hinting at floral swirling faintly in the background. .

This one is a bit off the beaten path for me so I won't be able to do it justice, but we'll just view this review as a personal note--maybe even a bookmark.

Taste is rich roasty malt with a slight sharp peppery note that fades quickly into the finish. The finish is what grabs my focus. It's roasty, smoky, with some hop bitterness--not big or pronounced--it just swings the pendulum the other way towards the end.

Very light bubbles and carbonation wake up my tongue. Thin and slightly oily this finishes in a dry quenching style.

This was not a drink I couldn't keep my hands off--not because it wasn't good, but because it made me contemplate. I found myself concentrating and trying to place the components--which is a testament to the complexity.

Very good drink--although I disagree with the label's designation of "Looks Dark, Drinks Blonde". Blonde my ass. Nothing like some misplaced advertisement to throw off someone's expectations. This would be quite the surprise to someone who just picked it up because of the label.

As the beer warmed it was even more intriguing. to be fair, I don't think I'm up to par with this beer. It was good and I liked it, but truthfully I don't think I could fully appreciate it. I'll be glad to revisit this one down the road.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark, dark brown, almost like an Oreo in color. Head is rather thin, foamy and lager-like. When held to the light you get the reddish hues from the dark malted barley. Very nice.

Aroma - a little smokey, sweet and peaty. Pretty similar to their Z lager in aroma actually. There is some nice subtle malt sweetness and some toasted bread notes as well. As it warms there is some licorice and some caramel as well. The smoke, however, is what really shines through.

Taste - quite light bodied and very malty, sweet and a tad smoky. There is some caramel and prune flavor to this that combines with the subtle smokiness quite well. Plenty of roasted malt flavors come out and form the bulk of the flavor profile of this crisp and easy drinking dark lager.

Overall - I like it. Its a very light bodied beer with plenty of flavor. Since it clocks in at only 4.5% this is one hell of a session beer candidate. Cheers!

Would I buy more of it? - I may seek this out again, I really enjoy the smokiness of this beer as well as the fact that it is low in alcohol.

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Photo of glid02
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with light brown highlights and a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted and black malts with good hints of unsweetened chocolate. As it warms the black malt aromas come out a bit more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Black and roasted malt flavors up front are joined by hints of cocoa midway through the sip that disappear before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall this was a solid schwarzbier and one that I would visit again. The flavors aren't as dark as others I've had in the style and the flavors integrate well. Worth a shot.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Fort Collins Brewing's Kidd Lager a few weeks ago for $1.72 at Toskey Sands Market. I've never seen this beer before and I needed another beer for mixed six pack and I decided to take a chance on it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's a little cheesy looking but other than that it doesn't look bad. It poured a dark brown color that took on some ruby highlights when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, the head could be a little better but other than that it looked fine.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a slight molasses like aroma to it and it was followed by loads of malts that impart a nice roasted, caramel and grainy aroma with some nice chocolate aromas sticking out the most. I also get a slightly smokey aroma. This beer has a pretty good aroma with lots of nice chocolate aromas coming through.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by lots of roasted malt flavors that impart a roasty, grainy, and slight caramel like flavor with the chocolate aspect still sticking out the most. Up next comes a pretty light smokey flavor with a little more sweetness and a lower amount of bitterness with a grainy, roasted malt and chocolate like aftertaste. This is a pretty good tasting beer that was very true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and pretty good example of the style, it had all the aspects that I look for in the style with a nice and roasted flavor while still maintaining a light and drinkable body. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these and it makes for a nice and sessionable beer to enjoy in the wintertime. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, from the taste to the aroma to the mouthfeel this was just what I would expect from a good Schwarzbier. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, it wasn't bad looking, but I thought the head could have been a little better. I would buy this beer again when looking for a Schwarzbier and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the style. All in all I was happy with this beer, I was looking for a good Schwarzbier and this beer delivered. Good job guys, this was a good example of the style and I enjoyed drinking it, keep up the good work.

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Kidd Lager from The Fort Collins Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.